Depends on your Application.
We have a rural property In SE QLD. Our house paddock is fenced into a roughly 2 acre section, which may have perhaps an acre or so of lawn. As with all local grasses, ours contains a blend of several, with paspalum in the mix too. In the past we’ve very happily used a base model John Deere ride on to manage the lawns, but it recently stopped working, and given its 12 year old vintage, that’s fair enough!
We are staunch environmentalists, and have been prepared for several years for the conversion to electric equipment. We retired our still ve...ry much capable Stihl weed eater for an EGO 3 years ago ... and it has been absolutely superlative. We’d never run with a petrol weed eater again. So against this, we’d already begun researching a suitable replacement for the JD; and had our eyes on the Ryobi electric ride on, which has had many sound reviews. Husqvarna makes an electric ride on as well, with supply being a bit of an issue where we are, but we’d earmarked it anyway as a second place contender. When the JD finally konked out though, we’d found that pretty well the only retailer for the Ryobi - Bunnings - no longer listed the model in their range, despite it having been there when we checked just a month or so previously. We have three Bunnings outlets close by, and visited two, but no longer saw the Ryobis there. (BUT we saw a shiny new Ryobi in the 3rd one soon after we bought the Bushranger ... GRRRRR!!!) What we did find online though, was the apparently newly released Bushranger, which looked like being a fair fill-in for the Ryobi. Aussie company too .... double bonus. Very limited reviews though - could only find one (above) which in retrospect we’re a little dubious about now .... So ... the mower presents as very small looking, belying its 140KG heft. It supposedly has a 30” cut. Charges from a standard 10 amp household outlet, taking around 7 hours, give or take, to fully charge - note that you’ll need to have an outlet close by, as the charger doesn’t have a long cord. You’ll get 1.5-2 hours run time, depending on the work you do. Fine. There are a handful of LED chargebars on the sparse instrument panel that indicate remaining charge. When it falls to around 2 bars, the mower emits an audible signal, the blades stop, and it enters limp mode to let you get it to a power point at a reduced speed. If you select reverse on the rocker switch you’ll get a quaint little alert sounding while you’re backing.
Purchased in February 2020.
Questions & Answers
only just used it yesterday and like a typical male didnt really read the manual . it mowed the lawn better then i expected though my only question is ..... i charged it all the night before so the battery was fine but the bloody thing would just stop on me and id have to turn off then on again and sometimes it took a few goes before it would start . i know this is not the case and obivously i was doing something wrong but it was like when a motor is low on oil and so the motor cuts out to protect it .... any help as to why would be greatly appreciated . cheers troy
I never struck that problem Troy. It makes very little sound when it’s active. Sorry to ask stupid questions, but are you sure it had stopped?? As noted in my review I often had to press the throttle several times before it would finally move off, and this would even happen on a full or near full battery. Perhaps yours has this issue too. Try pressing, releasing, pressing releasing until it finally moves off. Would be interested to hear how you go, and if it should happen when you’re near a power outlet I’d be interested to hear what level the charger shows when you plug it in ...
Thanks mate . I’ll try again on the weekend and do what u have said . It worked great other then that and I think it’s more to do with the operator and not the mower
Used it today and done everything you said
Was fantastic. It only had half the charge as I didn’t recharge it from last weekend as it says to drain the battery before recharging . So my nxt question is is this right ? My experience with rechargeable batteries is u never go below 50% if possible as a battery only has so many cycles and the lower u discharge it can be detrimental to the battery
Thanks for your reply last weekend it was reassuring and spot on
We bought one earlier this month and it seems to have big problems. The owners manual says if you take your foot off the power it will brake. It doesn’t! In fact it tears down our gentle slope like a runaway train unless you keep your foot firmly on the brakes. Often when we press the throttle nothing happens. Even when pressed all the way to the floor. It doesn’t seem to matter if you hold your foot to the floor for 20 seconds, still nothing happens. You have to remove it and have a few more attempts. When it is moving the throttle response is very twitchy, if you want to engage the cruise control you apparently need to have it travelling at a smooth constant speed for a few seconds. We have yet to be able to actually use cruise control because it can’t seem to maintain a constant speed. Have mowed over the same patch up to 5 times, and the grass is still not properly cut. What gives?? Trying to contact Bushranger, but they don’t appear to list an e’mail address. Anybody from there care to comment before we write our review??
Hi Wisey - Did the manufacturer solve you problem - I am considering buying - But will not until I cane see your problems resolved - Regards Brian
G’day Brian, in process of being sorted out now mate, and based upon what I’ve seen the outcome should be pretty good. The Bushranger folks have been truly outstanding with their communication so far. I think there will be an outcome in a couple of days. I’ll keep you posted, and will be doing an in depth review of the mower as well.
Do you reckon this mower would be able to tow a chipper (about 100kg on two wheels) on a flat area?
I need a mower that can also be taken into the forest in my property towing the chipper to keep the trails clean and make mulch out of all the branches that are around.
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